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“Preparing for Late Life Needs,” a Series of Financial Educational Seminars

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Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035

“Preparing for Late Life Needs”, a Series of Financial Educational Seminars to be Held in Gardena, February 15, March 22, and April 12, 2014

A free series of educational workshop for Asian American seniors and their caregivers will be held on Saturday, February 15, March 22, and April 12 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. The event is free and open to the public and parking is also free. Titled “Preparing for Late Life Needs”, the workshop series will assist seniors and their adult children to begin a conversation on late life decision-making. The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in the choices and decisions Asian American seniors need and their loved ones to make. The program will be presented in English with simultaneous translations in Japanese and Korean.

On Saturday, February 15, Long-Term Care (LTC) and Long-Term Care Insurance will be discussed. LTC such as extended stays in nursing homes or in-home caregivers are generally not covered by health insurance or Medicare. LTC insurance is one option for covering these costs. Brenda Bufford from The California Partnership for Long-Term Care, an innovative program of the State of California Department of Health Care Services, will address the California Partnership for Long-Term Care, ways to use LTC policies to plan for your future long-term care, and how these policies work with Medi-Cal.

Do you know what will happen to your property and possessions after you're gone? On Saturday, March 22, attorney Laura Narimatsu Wasserman, a partner in Nakahara & Wasserman, LLP will discuss the topic of Living Trusts. Learn about the importance of estate planning and tools such as living trusts at this workshop as we consider some of the most common legal issues together.

On Saturday April 12, our workshop titled Living Solo in Late Life, will explore ways individuals can find support, skills, and resources as they transition through late life. From day-to-day tasks to decision-making on larger life issues, navigating late life issues can be daunting, especially when you are on your own.

Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and open to all residents throughout Los Angeles County. To make a reservation, please visit the website and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.


Grand Opening takes place in Koreatown for Menlo Family Apartments

Koreatown and Little Tokyo organizations collaborate to develop Permanent Supportive Housing

(Los Angeles, CA)

Grand Opening of Menlo Family ApartmentsOn March 7th, the Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) and LTSC Community Development Corporation officially opened the Menlo Family Apartments, a brand new affordable community serving a variety of populations, including homeless and low-income families, transition aged youth, and children with mental illness. The 60-unit apartment complex is a certified green building with rooftop solar panels, and provides permanent supportive housing in the Koreatown area.

The project is at the forefront of new housing policies integrating families and individuals of all incomes and those with mental or developmental disabilities. The brand new community provides homes for families with low-incomes, struggling with homelessness, or raising a child with mental illness, as well as support for transition aged youth to live stable and independent lives. KYCC will provide after-school programs, family literacy, computer and workforce training, counseling and supportive services on-site to support the ongoing health and wellness of the future tenants.

Press Announcement: New LTSC Executive Director

Image of Bill Watanabe and Dean MatsubayashiThe Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Mr. Dean Matsubayashi to be the next Executive Director of LTSC. According to LTSC Board President Alan Nishio, "The LTSC Board has unanimously affirmed the selection of Dean Matsubayashi to succeed our longtime Executive Director Bill Watanabe who recently announced his plans to retire by June of 2012. Dean has been a staff member of LTSC for 15 years, and has been part of the agency's executive management staff for the past 5 years. Dean has grown up in the local Venice Nikkei community playing basketball in the Nikkei leagues, he has earned urban planning and public policy degrees from UC Irvine and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has also worked in community economic development programs in Washington DC and New York City. We are fortunate to have such a well-qualified candidate who has worked alongside Bill Watanabe for a number of years, and can now take over the reins of the organization." Nishio stated that Dean will continue to work in his current position for the coming months to ensure a smooth transition and will work with Bill until his final retirement date in June.

Current LTSC Executive Director Bill Watanabe expressed his whole-hearted support for this selection, stating that "Dean is one of those special persons who can relate to any person of any age, and yet has a keen intellect and high level of energy. During the extreme fiscal crisis in 2009 and 2010 that threatened the work of many community groups including LTSC, Dean worked tirelessly to ensure that the vulnerable programs and projects of LTSC were able to continue towards completion. As has been noted by others, it is coincidental that three of the major community groups in Little Tokyo have announced new leadership personnel, and I think Dean will be a great example of the ensuing generation of leadership to face the challenges of the future."

According to information provided by LTSC, Matsubayashi has been a leader in forging ties in various diverse communities to advocate for and strengthen the work of community-based affordable housing development, and has served on the Executive Board of the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing, and also the Executive Board of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD), and also sits on the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Matsubayashi, the son of the retired Rinban and Mrs. George Matsubayashi, is married and has a daughter and lives in the Silverlake area near downtown Los Angeles.

Free training opportunity for Caregivers


Contact: Amy Phillips
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Phone: 213.473.3035 

Free training opportunity for Caregivers

Caregivers of friends and family members are invited to attend a free event on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the Nishi Hongwanji Temple in Little Tokyo.

Caring for a loved one is an important responsibility that more than 52 million wives and husbands, sons and daughters, in-laws, grandchildren, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends across America take on every day. Research and everyday experiences indicate that families of Asian ancestry often feel a special need to support their elders with day-to-day activities from chores to errands, and frequently struggle with balancing their lives. Because of the high likelihood that most people will experience the joys and challenges of caregiving at some point in life, the Little Tokyo Service Center is coordinating an event to help caregivers equip themselves with tools to navigate the maze of physical and emotional needs, and get referrals to access critical supportive services.


Contact: Marc Loresto
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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 7, 2008) – Studies will be revealed on the health disparities of groups within the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Los Angeles County. The broad category of the API community often conceals the smaller issues of certain ethnic groups such as the rising frequency of childhood obesity particularly found in the Filipino, Japanese and Pacific Islander communities.
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